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Justice League Was Potentially Spoiled by a Funko POP!

Curious to know how the upcoming Justice League movie ends? We might actually have the answer to that question. If not, we implore you to stop reading!

justice-league-funko popIt’s no secret that Funko has been giving lots of love to DC to hype Justice League. However, over on superherostuff.com, the description for the Justice League Superman Funko vinyl has turned a few heads to say the least. Their description reads as follows:

The Batman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and Flash figures are barely holding their own against invading Parademons and an axe-wielding Steppenwolf. If only Superman — in Funko figure form — was here…

LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! Is that…is that Superman?? IT IS! It’s the Superman Justice League Movie Funko Pop Vinyl Figure and it resurrected itself moments before Steppenwolf skewered Wonder Woman with a hefty chunk of Venezuela!

Measuring 4″ high, this soft-vinyl, ridiculously cute and crouching Superman caricature is based on his appearance in DC’s cinematic superhero opus, Justice League.”

superman popOn one hand, this is possibly a fun bit of fan fiction to help sell this particular POP! figure. They clearly specify their scene is taking place among the figures and not with the actual characters, after all. On the other hand, it’s an oddly specific bit of narration if that’s the case. Besides, Superman returning to save the day at the last minute sounds pretty convincing. I think I’d be more surprised if that didn’t wind up happening.

Overall, should we be labeling this as legit Justice League information? Eh. It’d be one thing if this was official copy from Funko themselves, but this blurb comes to us via superherostuff.com themselves. That is to say, we’re a few degrees separated from an official source here. Beyond that, your guess is as good as ours.

Having said that, can we talk about the fact that Steppenwolf is apparently throwing Venezuela at Wonder Woman? I want this to be true just for that detail alone.

6 of the Most Bizarre Comic Books Ever Written

Many popular comic books are pretty odd, but you have to try really hard to make one of the most bizarre comic books ever.

Seriously, a boy develops superhuman speed and strength after being bitten by a spider? A journalist by day is actually Superman, a crime-fighting alien with the powers of flight, x-ray vision, and super strength? Let’s also not kid ourselves and say Batman isn’t a detective in a bat costume who once tried to solve the mystery of whether Paul McCartney is dead or not (okay, they didn’t use Paul’s name in the comic, but the inspiration is obvious).

The Avengers On Late Night With David LettermanFortunately, none of these exceedingly silly origin stories matter in the grand scheme of our favorite characters. As audiences get older and increase their reverence for these classic heroes, comic book writers develop these flamboyant characters in ways that connect with the struggles their readers face.

The Avengers On Late Night With David Letterman

Comic book writers sure do love their crazy crossovers, and we wish we could say that The Avengers making an appearance on Late Night With David Letterman is the silliest crossover ever written.

Being that Letterman’s career as a late-night TV host ended just last year, it now seems appropriate that he spent many of his final years sitting down with cast members of the modern Avengers movies.

The Life Of Pope John Paul II

Life of Pope John Paul IIAll right, The Life of Pope John Paul II may be a straight-forward biographical comic… but that’s why it’s so strange!

The fact that Marvel Comics – responsible for characters like Thor and Deadpool – found time to base a comic on a true story is bizarre when you think about it. Believe it or not, The Life of Pope John Paul II is not the only Marvel comic based on a religious figure: they also penned issues based on Mother Teresa and Saint Francis of Assisi.

Longshot Comics

Longshot ComicsNo, we’re not talking about Marvel’s lesser-known X-Man named Longshot. We’re talking about Shane Simmons’ Longshot Comics, a comic book series about… dots.

That’s right, under the loose justification that the audience is viewing the action from a distance (or, as you might say, a longshot), Longshot Comics features everything from war stories to tales of domestic households through the simplest form of what could be called art. Could anyone have made Longshot Comics? Probably, but Simmons’ work likely set the stage for modern “artless” works like Dinosaur Comics.

Superman Meets The Quik Bunny

Superman Meets Quik BunnyWith a hero as powerful as the man of steel, one would think he’d pick an extraordinarily powerful companion to brave the dangerous situations he often finds himself in. Or, you know, he could team up with the Quik Bunny, that works too.

Do Superman and the Quik Bunny have a chocolate milk drinking contest? Is the Quik Bunny given a tall glass of delicious Nesquik to help calm his nerves? Find out the shocking answers in this special issue of Superman! (Spoilers, the answers are yes and yes).

Archie Meets The Punisher

Archie Meets The PunisherThe Punisher is a hyper-violent vigilante who has no problem with torture and extortion to accomplish his goals. Archie is a teenager who can’t decide whether he likes Betty or Veronica. Obviously, these two characters belong together.

This has to be the most ridiculous crossover comic ever written. Right? Right? Not even close! Well,, that’s up for debate. In fact, we’ll bring you another list of truly strange comics soon!

Godzilla Vs. Charles Barkley

Godzilla vs BarkleySomewhere out there is a Venn diagram that shows the overlap between fans of basketball and giant monsters. Marketing executives saw it and concluded that Godzilla and Charles Barkley needed to be put in the same universe. That’s what we’re assuming, anyway, because… what is this!?

Between this and the fan-made Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden role-playing game from the late 2000s, there must be something about the famous basketball player that makes people want to put him in the most ridiculous situations imaginable. This is the only way we can reconcile seeing an actual panel in which Godzilla dons basketball shoes and attempts a slam dunk.

Let us know your favorite strangest comics in the comments below!

 

 

Batman Vs. Superman: Whose Collectibles Are Rarer?

batman superman wonder woman

Detective_Comics 27It’s about time DC Comics fans finally receive closure to pop culture’s most burning question: if Batman and Superman got in a fight, who would win? Would Superman prevail over Batman with his superhuman strength, or would Batman be resourceful enough to exploit Superman’s weakness to Kryptonite? Many authoritative figures have chimed in on the subject, including an actual writer of Batman Vs. Superman, but we may never receive a definitive answer that pleases everyone. After all, what’s the fun in a debate that has a single right answer?

More importantly, how do they stack up in the world of collecting?

Round 1: Batman Collectibles

For collectors of rare Batman items, there’s great diversity in the collectibles you could look for, with over 2,000 collectibles in the hobbyDB database.

If you’re into novelty toys, Batman’s got you covered. From the Justice League’s Attack Armor Batman that faced a limited production run, to the 1966 Ideal Batman Utility Belt which is virtually impossible to find sealed and intact, you could spend days figuring out how many thousands of dollars can be spent on Batman toys.

mego elastic batmanPerhaps the most infamous of all Batman toys, however, is the Mego Elastic Batman. For those who don’t know, the toy company Mego produced a series of toys throughout 1979 called the “Mego Elastic Heroes,” which were functionally similar to the popular “Stretch Armstrong” toyline, but instead featured Superheroes. They were so similar to Stretch Armstrong, in fact, that Kenner filed a lawsuit against Mego for ripping off their product. By July of 1980, Mego ceased production of the Elastic Heroes, and the stage was officially set for these toys to become extremely sought after collectibles more than 30 years later.

As the rarest and most valuable item in the series, the Mego Elastic Batman has sold for as much as $15,100. Even a loose and worn Mego Elastic Batman can be worth approximately $300.

But wait: Batman collectibles get even crazier. If you ever thought of owning the very first Batman comic book, you might be looking at spending in the area of $1,380,000! If that is not rich enough for you, then we advise you to look into the original Batmobile used in the famous 1960s Batman TV series. Designed by famed auto customizer George Barris, this vintage car sold for $4.6 million at auction, trumping even older vintage cars being sold at the same venue. Regrettably, the Funko Pop Batmobile is not quite as valuable.

action comics 1Round 2: Superman Collectibles

On the surface, Superman collectibles don’t hold quite the same clout as Batman collectibles do (just over 500 items in the hobbyDB database). However, don’t take this to mean there aren’t some valuable gems to be discovered.

For instance, those who were part of the “Supermen of America” club during the 1940s had a chance of receiving an exclusive member’s ring that is considered one of the first superhero collectibles ever made. Though one of these rings was infamously turned down for sale on an episode of Pawn Stars, this same collectible has also sold for as much as $40,000 online.

And yes, there is a Mego Elastic Superman, too.

However, much like a malicious supervillain with a trick up his sleeve, the world of Superman collectibles has a secret weapon: The original Superman comic. The inaugural issue of Action Comics is a holy grail among comic book collectors, and a mint condition print of the notorious comic more than doubles the value of Batman’s Detective Comics debut. In fact, it has sold for as much as $3.2 million! Some may say that this number is still well below the vintage Batmobile described above, but remember that this issue of Action Comics sold for a mere 10 cents once upon a time. If we were to calculate an increase in value by percentage, nothing would come close to Action Comics #1. Even if you owned many of the rarest Batman toys ever made, it would still take a lot to amass a collection that is worth as much as this single comic.

superman-batman-squirt-gunsThe Verdict

In terms of which hero has the single most valuable collectible in his arsenal, it’s hard to argue with Superman’s comic book debut. Excluding one-of-a-kind movie memorabilia, nothing even comes close.

However, if we are to judge the overall spread of valuable collectibles across comics, toys, and even original sketches, Batman reigns supreme. Fact of the matter is, Batman is a more relevant superhero to modern pop culture than Superman is, and the Bat’s spread of portrayals from Adam West to Christian Bale has made the character as much of a meme machine as he is a dramatic hero. The comic book industry owes a lot to Superman for setting the foundation for the Superhero genre today, yet while we do love the Man of Steel, we can’t argue with the data: Batman is the king of collectibles.

Consider this, though… Batman has the Batmobile, the Batboat, the Batcycle, the Batcave… Superman had some sort of flying car with fists that was slower and weaker than he already was. Batman has a much larger cast of cohorts and villains, so it’s not a fair fight. There are almost as many models of various Batmobiles on hobbyDB as Superman items total.

But hey, we’re not here to tell you what you should or shouldn’t like. Whether you’re a fan of Superman or Batman, you should enjoy everything each legend has to offer regardless of who has the more expensive collectibles. Just remember to hold off fighting fans who disagree and leave the battling to the heroes.

How Superheroes Have Stayed Popular After 80 Years

Whether you fancy yourself a fan of Marvel or DC, superheroes are as old as our grandparents and more popular than ever. Ever wonder how superheroes have stayed popular?

more superheroesIt’s surreal to think that the first Superman comic in 1938 would spark the comic-based empire we have today. Seven superhero movies are planned for release in 2016, and The Avengers remains the 4th top-grossing movie of all time. It’s not just movies either; comics books and graphic novels reached $870 million in sales in 2013, compared to $265 million in 2000. What is it about these stories and characters that have remained so timeless? Moreover, how has the industry maintained such rapid growth in spite of its age?

While there are numerous theories explaining how this is, below are the fundamental reasons why superheroes have stayed super after all these years.

flash mural1: We relate to the stories

No one gains super strength and stamina after a radioactive spider bite in real life, but that doesn’t mean superhero stories can’t resonate with the audience.

Putting the supernatural elements aside, many superhero stories follow a familiar formula: a person’s life is changed by destiny, and they use their newfound power to combat adversity. For characters such as Batman, this destiny can also be the result of trauma that inspires the hero to want to be better. In either case, stories of overcoming impossible odds have appealed to the masses for ages. It doesn’t matter if it’s a mountain of bad guys or a mountain of homework; we want the strength to defeat anything that crosses our paths.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, “superhero origin stories inspire us and provide models of coping with adversity, finding meaning in loss and trauma, discovering our strengths and using them for good purpose.” In other words, we can look up to superheroes as ideal versions of ourselves.

hulk figure2: Superheroes span all forms of media

Superheroes started out as comic book characters, but nowadays they are so much more. Films such as Adventures of Captain Marvel date back as early as 1941, and the industry has only ballooned from there. Video game fans have the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham series, moviegoers have multiple films every year to look forward to, and collectors have over 40 years of action figures to chase. This is not even mentioning the likes of HeroClix, trading cards, and other superhero crossovers like the Avengers fighting titans from Attack on Titan. The span of the superhero multimedia empire is staggering, and it makes it easy to see how these characters can stay popular among so many fans.

By carrying these stories into so many different mediums, superheroes cast a wide net of appeal and mix fanbases in a way that would be otherwise impossible. A movie buff today could easily become a comic book reader tomorrow.

iron man figure3: The industry changes with the times

Adam West’s comic portrayal of Batman in the 1960s Batman series seems so inconceivable compared to Christopher Nolan’s gritty Dark Knight trilogy nearly 40 years later.

Yet in retrospect, both of these “Batmen” spoke to their audiences as best as they could. The 1960s Batman was inspired by other contemporary shows such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E, and it would become one of the most popular shows on TV in its time. Conversely, the Dark Knight trilogy appealed to an older generation who had grown up with Batman, and it wound up grossing more than a billion dollars worldwide. Superhero fans of one generation become the industry’s artists and creators for the next, and this new blood fosters ideas that grow their respective franchises while remaining faithful to the source material.

4: Superheroes are both new and nostalgic

Arguably more than any other franchise or character, superheroes can bring all generations together.

superman costumeAs fans of The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man grow older, they may find themselves leaving comic books behind to keep up with college studies or other adult responsibilities. However, once these same fans start families of their own, they are able to relive their fond childhood memories through their children. Kids can play with the action figures their parents collected so many years ago, and parents can enjoy building on their old collections with their sons and daughters. It’s a continuous loop that unites the young and old, regardless of age differences.

Superheroes are timeless characters that have become pop culture staples. As long as the industry continues to evolve these characters, we won’t soon forget those heroes who are faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings at a single bound.

The 10 Most Expensive Comic Books Are Worth A Bit More Than Their Cover Price

If you’re looking for a way to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, then perhaps you could afford one vintage comic book at an auction. Yes, the most expensive comic books start there and can climb well north of $1,000,000! Spoilers: expect to see a lot of superhero debuts on this list.

flash comics 110: Flash Comics #1

Flash Comics, at a glance, is sort of confusing. Though it does introduce and prominently feature its respective superhero, the Flash, it’s also an anthology series that includes the stories of heroes such as the Whip and Black Canary. That said, if you saw an original copy of this comic at your local comic book shop, it’d probably be gone in the blink of an eye. After all, Flash Comics #1 has an estimated value of $289,000.

captain america 19: Captain America #1

To say Captain America made a bold appearance by punching out the Nazi regime on the cover of his first comic is an understatement. If you’re inclined to disagree, consider the year it was published: 1941.

If you have a copy of this historically relevant comic, you could find yourself $343,000 richer.

detective comics 18: Detective Comics #1

Detective Comics, while perhaps not as influential as a certain other comics anthology, is still one of the granddaddies of modern comic books. As a result, its inaugural issue is particularly sought after by collectors. While Detective Comics #1 has “only” sold for as much as $45,000, its end price was held back by its condition: a relatively low grade of 6.5. Were the comic to be sold in a more perfect state, it could be worth around $405,000. (Don’t worry Detective Comics, we’re not done with you just yet.)

all-amercian comics 167: All American Comics # 16

All American Comics #16 introduced the world to The Green Lantern, who, you know, is kind of a big deal nowadays. While other issues of All American Comics can be fairly valuable, none come close to this one. With a grade of 8.0, All American Comics # 16 managed to sell for $200,000. At a higher grade, the price would be hovering closer to $430,000!

x-men 16: X-Men #1

What’s there to even say about this one? It’s X-Men, for crying out loud! Of course a comic that spawned a whole league of memorable characters would be valuable! If you’re interested in having your own copy of X-Men #1, you’d find yourself out of $492,937.

batman 15: Batman #1

No more joking around, ’cause we’re getting to some big name heroes here. While Batman did not technically debut in this first issue of his own comic series, he has become so prevalent in pop culture that any historic Batman comic could make you as wealthy as Bruce Wayne. If you were to sell Batman #1 at its highest recorded price, you’d be robbin’ your buyer out of $567,625.

superman 14: Superman #1

Rarer than a buried treasure box, more valuable than a brand new car, it’s Superman #1! We’re not going to pretend there isn’t a certain other Superman comic more notable than this – particularly because we’ve already alluded to it on the list – but let’s give credit where credit’s due for the Man of Steel’s first official series. If you offered Superman #1 at an auction, you may find $747,000 fly into your pockets.

amazing fantasy 153: Amazing Fantasy #1

Depending on how you look at it, the first issue of Amazing Fantasy is also technically its 15th, as it’s actually a rebranding of an existing anthology titled Amazing Adult Fantasy. But hey, who cares about semantics, that’s Spider-Man on the cover! Yes, Amazing Fantasy #1 / #15 was Peter Parker’s comic book debut, and it has auctioned for as much as $1,1000,000!

detective comics 272: Detective Comics #27

Here’s the issue of Detective Comics you need to know about! This comic is the world’s first look at Batman, who would become increasingly prominent in Detective Comics until he wound up starring in his own franchise. It’s a comic that would spawn a legacy that’s still going strong over 7 decades later, but of course, you didn’t need us to tell you that. Detective Comics #27 routinely sells for over $1,000,000, with its record high value being $1,380,000!

action comics 11: Action Comics #1

Okay, we weren’t exactly coy about our number 1 pick, but why should we be? Action Comics #1 is the indisputable holy grail of collectible comic books by a long shot; even the super expensive comics on this list can’t compete. Not only did the first issue of Action Comics introduce Superman, but it also laid the foundation for the superhero genre and the entire comic book industry. This is a topic we’ve discussed before, but it’s impossible to understand the value of Action Comics #1 without acknowledging how much it single-handedly did for pop culture. If you’ve as much as read a comic book or enjoyed a movie featuring a protagonist with superpowers, then you owe some thanks to Action Comics. This king of comics has been sold for a record-breaking $3,207,852!